2009 Dodge Viper

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2009 Dodge Viper Review

Note: This review was created when the 2009 Dodge Viper was new.

The Dodge Viper SRT10 produces mind-numbing power but still manages to handle it well. Still, its sparse cabin can't compete with the more comfortable and luxurious vehicles in its class.

Pros & Cons

  • Powerful 600-Horsepower V10 engine
  • New track-tuned club racer trim
  • True sports handling dynamics
  • Lacks comfort and convenience of competitors
  • Low-slung cabin hampers entry/exit
  • Dangerous in the hands of inexperienced drivers

Research & Ratings

Currently, the Dodge Viper has a score of 8.2 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 28 pieces of research and data.




Critics' Rating: 8.8
Performance: 8.9
Interior: 6.7
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2009 Dodge Viper Overview

If power, speed and handling are what you're all about, then the 2009 Dodge Viper SRT10 is the car for you. But if you can't live without even the most basic of creature comforts, you should look elsewhere. "Explosive power and surprising handling prowess make Dodge's flagship vehicle a thrilling ride," writes Consumer Guide. "Beyond that, though, Viper is an emotional statement that makes little sense as daily transportation. A Chevrolet Corvette or base Porsche 911 mimics its usable street performance at lower cost and with more refinement."

For the 2009 model year, Dodge introduces a track-tuned American Club Racer (ACR) trim, as well as four new exterior colors.

Earlier this year Chrysler LLC, Dodge's parent company, filed for bankruptcy and announced a partnership with Italian automaker Fiat. As Chrysler emerged from bankruptcy, reports were unclear on whether the Viper would remain, be nixed or sold to another automaker. Thankfully, the Dodge Viper lives.

The Viper SRT-10 is available in both coupe and convertible body styles.

  • "In terms of performance, the 2009 Dodge Viper reigns supreme among sub-$100K supercars -- and even challenges exotics at twice the price." -- Edmunds
  • "The new Viper may not be perfect, but it's perfect for weekend track driving and collecting lusty stares. Creature comforts -- lacking here -- are for the weak and pampered (though the new Viper does offer a navigation system). This car is the best piece of pure American muscle on the road today." -- Detroit News
  • "Overall, the Viper is what used to be called 'a man's car,' and when it's gone we may not see its like again. Nothing else is quite like it even now." -- Road and Track

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